Flora & Fluffy Tails at LCD

Hello There Again!!  HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m here real quick today to announce–


We’re having a week-long event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to celebrate Spring and Easter.  I’m going to be sitting this one out, but my LCDesigner Teammates are sharing their Flora & Fluffy Tail makes for your enjoyment, so head on over to The Portal to get your flora & fluff on!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


And Now For Something Completely Different

–And that ain’t hay!  HAPPY MONDAY  Everyone!!  I’m spending the day reorganizing my work space, that I destroyed, while preparing for the Unique Goods & Curious Finds Market that I participated in this past weekend, but I’m here today, not to chat about that, but to introduce you to my husband, Don.  I pretty much keep my personal life private and don’t usually share all that much about myself here at my blog.  There may be a brief mention of ‘my hubbie’ or my dogs and cats here and there, but for the most part, I’m here in creative blogland for, what I call my “happy place”, to focus on creativity and be inspired by art to create art.

Well, today my Happy Place in Blogland has gotten a bit HAPPIER and ECSTATIC-ier for my Hubbie Don, who has just completed writing and e-publishing his first book!!!  WOO HOO!!!!!

This project has been a labor of love and concern and basically a calling that he felt he needed to do.  He started this endeavor within one year of us moving here to Northern Idaho in 2010.  Having 25 years experience as a pilot in the commercial, corporate and private aviation fields, and after spending 15 years owning his own flight school and private aircraft management and charter company, he realized he has all of this real life, emergency preparation background.  2 1/2 years of further research, he started writing his first draft in 2013.  After many personal hardships and brick walls being thrown up at him, he dug even deeper to quell the negativity that had infected the environment, and wrote on, day and night.

Earlier this year, Don did a pre-publish of his book on Amazon for about a one-week period.  After receiving one bad review and one good review, he pulled the book, hired an Editor by the name of Georgia Varozza, and rewrote the entire book.

It’s hard not to be concerned about the current state of affairs around the world.  And it surely seems, that as more bad things start happening closer and closer to home, I think it’s OK to start preparing for the ‘what ifs’ now, instead of worrying about ‘what to do afterwards’.  My husband and I have also been put into very unique situations where we have had bad things happen to us, by bad people-BUT, those experiences have been able to give us the perspective and knowledge of truly knowing what evil lurks in men’s hearts.

So, it is with all of those combined experiences and knowledge and expertise and again, to say it bluntly this time, A Calling From God, to write this book-To launch a wake-up call around the world that could make the difference between being annihilated or living.

9.17.15American Shield eBook Cover

The New Inevitable!

Pulse attack will starve the people. America will surrender and Freedom will lose.

For the first time ever…In graphic detail, the urgency of protecting the American populace from weaponized EMP is appallingly confirmed! In the horrific new series…American Shield exposes our most susceptible weakness in a distressing story that affects us all. In the first book—Year One: The Radical EMP—the unthinkable reality reveals a bombshell revelation that will shock the nation. With one “lucky-shot” the enemy can produce a starvation event that will knock the people and their freedom to the ground. With the American Shield—in detail—it is shown how it can be stopped. Total Blackout is the new weapon of Evil and it wants America gone! With death and despair knocking on our front door…Read about the horrors of neglecting the call, and find the new hope of a rudimentary solution the status quo has failed to let us to know.

Demand Protection of our Food and Water…Or We Starve and We Lose!

Read the Story. The Horror is Real.

Spread the news! Available on Amazon

With the release of his book, Don has set himself up a blog – SafePort and a FB page – Don Trumbull.  This has truly been an exciting adventure for Don, to say the least, and it seems the timing couldn’t have been better.

Thank You so much for coming by today to hear about my husband.  I know, a bit of a different kind of posting here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy today, but I’ll be back this week with regularly scheduled crafty goodness.

Until next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Who’s Your Mummy

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m Excitedly here today (can you tell?) as a Guest Designer for the 31 Days of Halloween event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog!!  I’m joining the talented Design Team of Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda images for this All-October-Long event celebrating the most spookiest time of year–Halloween!!!

So, I ask you—


Oh, I jest–But really….Boris wants to know!!  And you can’t resist him!!  😉 🙂

Let me show you a bit of how I brought this Mummy-licious card to life–


My background is going to be a gelli print using Dylusions acrylics in Cut Grass, Black Marble & White Linen.


I started with dabbing paint onto the gelli plate with a craft stick.


I brayed the colors together then added a couple dots of Black Marble with a few more dots of White Linen.


After brayering out the black and white, I added a couple more dabs of Cut Grass and White Linen for just one more layer of color.


Before laying down my card stock onto the gelli plate to create this print, I pressed my Moroccan Tile stencil into the paint to create that fun background pattern.  The background panel is ready!


I stamped Carmen’s Veranda Boris Karloff image onto manila stock with black pigment ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I let the powder set then rubbed Pumice Stone DI over the surface to give Boris’s complexion a gray tinge…like he hasn’t seen sun in a loooong time, like he’s been in a tomb somewhere….


I sealed the embossed image with matte Decou-Page and heat set.


I applied a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze to Boris’s face and let air dry.


Oh that crackly goodness!!  I love the effect for this image of Boris Karloff!!  He truly does look mummified and maybe a little disturbed, too!


I stained a piece of natural cheesecloth with Pumice Stone DS.  Could this be a piece of the Mummy’s wrapping that Boris brought with him?


I stamped out the sentiment onto manila stock and fussy cut the words.  I inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and then mounted each word band onto black card stock.  Once in place on the background panel, I outlined them with watered down Translucent White DA fluid acrylic and my water brush.


Before adhering all of the fussy cut pieces and cheesecloth into place, I distressed the edges of the panel with my paper distresser, added a few pieces of tissue tape to the scene, then ran through my sewing machine.  I used the Batground stencil to add a few flying bats back there then added the cheesecloth and adhered Boris into place with matte Decou-Page.  I know who my Mummy is now!!

Thanks so much for coming by for my 1st Guest Designer spot for Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda’s 31 Days of Halloween event!  I’ll be back at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity a couple more times before the month is out with more Halloween ghastliness!!

So, Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Boris (Carmen’s Veranda); Alphabet Letters (could be Hero Arts)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Cheese Cloth; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Batground Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Moroccan Tile Stencil (My Favorite Things)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Water Brush

It’s Just Me Talking

Happy Monday!!  I’ve been a bit quiet here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy of late, and I just thought I’d ‘expose’ a few of the creative reasons why–


This will be my second time having a space at the Unique Goods & Curious Finds Market, my first time being at their flagship event in August of 2013.  I’ve been busily making and refinishing display pieces for this, as well as crafting for it, and it’s just 3 weeks away, and I’m nowhere near ready for it!  But, I’ve got it all under control and I’m really looking forward to this fun day in Downtown Sandpoint!


When I was contacted by LCD Design Team Leader Leigh, asking if I would be interested in participating in LCD/CV’s 31 Days of Halloween 2015, I didn’t hesitate to say YES!!  I just love Lost Coast Designs & Carmen’s Verandas images and feel so lucky to have been invited.  Thanks, Leigh!!  So, throughout October, I’ll be sharing all sorts of fun & eerie projects I made especially for this Spook-tacular event!


And then Leigh threw out there, since she’s the owner of the DominoART blog –While we’re talking about Halloween events….And so, I’m one of Leigh’s Wicked Players for her DominoART 31 Days of Halloween 2015 event, too! (Now you know why I’m playing with dominos!!)  This was just the push I needed to begin my foray into domino art–Thanks again, Leigh!!  I’ll have a couple of domino art creations, to help keep the All Hallow’s Eve feeling alive, all month long!!

I’m really looking forward to the start of October because of all of this fun, Halloween-themed creative stuff going on!  I can’t wait to share it all with you–Next Month!!

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Dad, You’re a Keeper!

Hi There!! Happy Monday!!  I had to wait until today to share the card that I made for my Dad for Father’s Day.  He reads my blog, so I couldn’t share this until after he received it! 😉 🙂


I got the idea for my card from my bloggy friend Deb at Paxton Valley Folk Art.  She created the best Father’s Day banner that inspired the card that I made for my Dad!  Thanks, Deb!!


This is my Dad!! He likes to fish!!  What’s that saying–A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work? 😉 🙂

 I copied this picture onto a piece of sticky back canvas in black & white, and although this picture got completely washed out, I rubbed the sticky back canvas with Tea Dye Distress Ink to age it a bit.


I created a few rusty stars with die cut pieces of manila stock treated with Rusting Powder.  I used this sentiment from the Keeper set from Artistic Outpost.  I stamped it onto kraft glassine with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut the words and crinkled those little strips into leathery-like bands.


I used Letter Labels to spell out Dad and attached the smallest rusted star that I have.  I added lots of stitching, mainly to hide the bad sewing I did on the banner itself!! 😉


My Dad isn’t a fly fisherman, but I didn’t have any little fishing lures to add as embellies like Deb has on her banner, so I had to compromise and ‘tied’ this fly myself using a few feathers, jute twine and a paper clip.   It’s hard to see, but I colored the ‘hook’ with Butterscotch Adirondack AI and I attached to the banner with a dot of hot glue.


I didn’t have a hanger to attach this banner to, so, I turned it into a card.  I created a card base the same size as this banner, and sewed it onto the card.  It’s quite sturdy and stands on its own without any warping!!

Thanks so much for starting your crafty week with me!  It’s almost time for the monthly Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop, so I’ll be back in a couple of days to share the project that I made!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Checkered Cotton Fabric & Batting (My Stash); Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Manila Stock; Sticky Back Canvas (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Burlap Paper; Blue Card Stock (PTI)
  • Copy Machine (I’ve got a Canon MX870 for home use); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Cricut Cutting System; George & Basic Shape Cartridge
  • Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Vinegar; Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Jute Twine; Feathers; Paper Clip; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)


HELLO & HAPPY FRIDAY!!  Well, it’s still technically Thursday where I live, but I’m working on UK time today and with that–It’s the first Friday of June and it’s time to start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey!  I’m here today as one of your Creative Guides to introduce you to our challenge theme and your challenge host this month–S@ndy of My Crafty Life on the Internet.


“Share your celebrations with us.  It can be the end of the school year, a birthday, Father’s Day, a wedding or a special anniversary.  Use any of Tim’s products or his techniques.”

This month’s challenge is being sponsored by Country View Crafts with a $20 gift certificate-(it’s actually a 20 pound gc, but I don’t have the symbol for that)- awarded to a randomly selected participant and then S@ndy will choose her Top 3, to receive the A Vintage Journey Pinworthy blog badges!

I’m choosing to celebrate Love—-


…Zombie style!!  Who said you had to celebrate Love only one day a year on Valentine’s Day?  Who said zombies only came out on Halloween?  Who said a zombie can’t fall in love?!! This was a fun tag to make for S@ndy’s Celebrations themed challenge!!  Let me show you what I did and how I used Tim’s goodies and techniques on this tag.


I started with a jumbo #12 manila tag and the Zombie Casanova stamp set by one of Tim’s fellow Stamper’s Anonymous designer’s Brett Weldele.  It’s a fun set, so full of love-sick, zombie-possibilities.  I stamped Mr. Zombie with Jet Black Archival onto the tag.


I employed Tim’s distress marker spritzed  background technique from his April tag.  I used Barn Door & Walnut Stain DMs with my air art tool, to color this background with.  Oh, that red mottling is gore-lightful!!


I applied some pieces of tissue tape as anchors.  But at this point, they’re kind of place holders–I’m not sure if I’m going to cover them up with something else, or leave as is.  From here on out, I was a water coloring fool, and didn’t stop to take pictures of that process.  I also ended up heat embossing like a fool, too!!


Here’s a close up of some of that heat embossing.  Aren’t these hearts wonderful?  I just love their grittiness and I love how the red embossing really makes these hearts pop right off of the tag’s surface!!  After embossing with Red Geranium EP, I outlined them with my water brush swiped through Walnut Stain DI, then outlined with the fine tip side of my Black Soot DM.


He doesn’t look all that scary surrounded by hearts, does he?  You can see some of the water coloring I did on his zombie body.  I used my water brush & Fired Brick DM to color his shirt, or what’s left of it and I used my water brush & Pumice Stone DM to color his skin.


I did end up covering that tissue tape anchor under his relaxed left elbow, with one of the quotes from the Zombie Casanova set.  I separately stamped the quote in red and heat embossed the heart.  I fussy cut it and attached the heart to make the box pop a little bit more.


I colored his jeans with my water brush and Faded Jeans DM.  His bouquet of flowers was colored with Pine Needles & Barn Door DMs with my fine tip water brush.  I gave the tag a good run through my sewing machine and I added all of the rough stitching.


I topped the tag with a stained piece of tulle and a typed token that just seemed completely PERFECT for this tag!!  XOXO, indeed!!


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool and Zombie Casanova is ready to eat date you!!  The least he could have done was find some shoes!! 🙂

So, there you have my creation for this month’s Celebrations challenge  for A Vintage Journey.  What kind of celebrations will you share with us?  S@ndy’s challenge is open until Thursday, July 2nd, so come on over and celebrate with us!

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #12 Jumbo Tag; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Typed Token & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Water Brushes; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun

Full of Possibilities

Happy Sunday, again!!  I’m back in my own PDT-time zone for this post and before the month really ends without me, I’m sharing my version of Tim’s Tag of May!!  I actually got it together and am making it just under the wire, with only hours to spare! WHEW!!


I don’t have all of the goodies that Tim used to create his gorgeous tag, but, it was fun to improvise with what I did have.  Let me show you what I did on my version of Tim’s Tag for May!


I had to make some provisions for not having any of Tim’s Ephemera packs or the exact same embellies, and I may have changed up the flowers a bit, too.  But, that’s the fun of creating one of Tim’s Tags each month–you don’t have to have Tim’s products.  Just be inspired by his creative style and techniques and you’ll be surprised at what you can do!!


I gathered up the supplies that I’m going to use for making my version of Tim’s Tag.  In lieu of having Ephemera Packs, I have a few of his Paper Stashes, that I cut my layering pieces from.  I’ve got burlap paper,  but there’s one small problem–


–it has a hole punched in it!!  Where ever I place the tag on the piece of burlap, the hole interferes with me being able to trace & cut out a good piece of tag size burlap.


So, I had to cut the piece of burlap into different sizes and stitch together.


Here’s the burlap panel cut down to a #8 tag—


Here’s the back of the tag–It’s a #8 manila tag that I found in my stash of prepared surfaces and I like the colors that this tag has.  If I had to guess, I think this is Mustard Seed & Broken China Distress Stains.


I applied white embossing paste through my Schoolhouse LS and let air dry.  When dry, I rubbed Faded Jeans DI onto the stenciled numbers.


While waiting for the embossing paste to dry, I worked on making some enameled Tiny Tattered Florals.  I made four heat embossed panels of card stock using Buttercup, Cornflower Blue, Tea Rose & Fern Green–the fern green panel is for the leaves, but I didn’t take a photo of those (sorry!).


Because I heat embossed the stock I used to make the flowers, it’s thicker and doesn’t fit into the quilling tool that comes with the set of dies.  I made my own quilling tool using my smallest needle nose pliers and taping the handle shut at the point where the embossed stock would fit snugly.


I don’t have the note pins that Tim used to hold the photo booth picture in, so I popped it up with foam dots.  I also don’t have the cute little star brads, so I stained a mirrored star with Denim Adirondack AI and glued to the typed token.  I glued the type token to the picture with matte multi-medium and when I attached to the tag, I added more foam dots to keep the token level.


Before gluing the flowers into place, I added a color coordinated brad to the center of each bloom.  OH–you can see the enameled leaves back there, too!


I chose a quote from the small talk sticker book and lightly sanded the edges.  I had a loop pin in my stash of goodies and I’ve got two jars full of buttons to choose from.  I dyed my seam binding with Faded Jeans DS and tied into a nice little bow!  An amazing feat with my man hands!!  Lets not even go into how my man hands handled those tiny tattered florals!! 😉 🙂


I used a game spinner for the arrow, and I had a piece of cotton twill ribbon that I also dyed with Faded Jeans DS to top the tag with.  To finish, I used my air art tool with my Black Soot DM and spritzed those wonderful ink splatters over the surface of the tag, being careful around the photo booth picture.  Not exactly like Tim’s May Tag, but you can see his inspiration and techniques all over the place!  Thanks Tim!!  I always learn something new when I attempt to create a monthly Tim tag, I wonder what’s in store for us in June!!

So, technically, this is my 2nd post for today–Sunday.  I will be back later tonight, working in two different time zones, wearing my design team hats for Artistic Outpost and Our Creative Corner, respectively!!  Hope you’ll be back to join me!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Burlap Paper; Photo Booth, Menagerie & Collage Paper Stashes (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Schoolhouse LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Numbers Remnant Rubs, Mirrored Stars, Small Chat, Game Spinner, Typed Token & Paper Twine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding & Loop Pin (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tiny Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Air Art Tool (ArtWorx); Buttons; Palette Knife; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Foam Dots; Scissors (Fiskars)